- Must have participated in at least one H.O.P.E. immersion during your college career or before, perform on-going community service to apply
- Valid Passport not expiring 6 months prior to your departure
What Will Happen
- Form community with other students
- Learn about Latino and Caribbean culture, history and issues of social justice
- Continue to pursue justice after your return
- Travel to Latin America or the Caribbean with the hope of discovering a new sense of community, which crosses the many borders of race, culture, land, and language
- Think seriously about the commitment you will be making
- Accept the responsibilities that it demands
- Presence at all orientation sessions held on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 pm
- Active fundraising
- Cell phone fast
- Full participation in the service immersion experience and the reflection sessions
- Participate in the ‘re-entry’ program
Talk it Over with Friends & Family
Your decision to participate in this type of experience should not be made in isolation. We encourage you to speak with friends and family about your decision prior to applying for the program. Their reflections and concerns could be helpful in clarifying your own thoughts about particular areas and/or practical concerns.
Application & Selection Process
- Complete the application by Monday, September 17th at 11:59 p.m.
- If selected for an interview, you will also be notified via email
- Interviews will take place from September 19 – September 28th in Campus Ministry
- This program is highly competitive, so you must thoroughly express your commitment through the application to be seriously considered for an interview slot
- If selected, you will be notified on Friday, October 5th and asked to confirm participation by Friday, October 12th by submitting all forms and a non-refundable deposit of $250
All Stonehill students planning on traveling with the college need to have the Travel Pre-Authorization Form completed in consolation with your health care provider. This is to ensure you are cleared for travel and know what steps you must take to keep yourself healthy.
On the application, please inform us of any medical history/current conditions, which we should be aware of on this trip.
Health insurance is required of anyone who will make any of the trips. If you are on the Stonehill College Plan, you are covered out of state. If you are on your family’s plan, you may not be covered for medical emergencies out of state; in that case would need to purchase an insurance rider. Please consult your family on this matter. Again, to participate in any trip, you must be covered by medical insurance.
For international travel you may be required to get appropriate immunization(s) or take preventative medicine(s). Typically, these costs are not covered by Stonehill’s insurance plan. Once participants have been selected, you will be given information from the State Department’s travel website as to what health recommendations they make for the area. It is suggested that you then discuss these recommendations with your physician to determine your particular plan of action. Additionally, you must make an appointment with a travel health clinic to receive your vaccinations. This is your responsibility to ensure your own health while traveling.
What Can Be Triggering through H.O.P.E.?
H.O.P.E. in and of itself will create anxiety in the most healthy of people. When thinking of applying for H.O.P.E., please remember the following scenarios are possible:
- Driving upwards of 18 hours to location
- Sharing small space with entire delegation
- Experiencing rural or urban poverty
- Limited access to showering
- Restricted communication with support networks
- Possible homestay within a different cultural context
- Testimony from people who have been through trauma
- Learning about privilege and oppression
- Not controlling food options
- Uncontrollable travel delays or changes
- Learning about justice issues and everyday struggles of others
Knowing your limits is the most important aspect of living a healthy life. If you believe these types of experiences may be too much for you right now, it is best to wait until you have further developed resiliency in coping. Speak with your therapists, family and medical providers for honest reflection on your abilities to handle the stress of travel. If you are triggered on these immersions beyond your comfort level, your presence could have an impact on the group dynamic and receiving community. The staff and student leaders who travel with you will notify the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry about possible issues that come up so you can adequately get the help you may need.
Support Upon Return
If you encounter a very triggering experience, the staff or student leader will follow-up with the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry. The Assistant Director may follow-up with you directly and encourage you to avail yourself of services at the college for further care and health. In some cases, the Assistant Director may go directly to the Dean of Students to set in motion a plan of care for your well-being. Your health and well-being are of primary concern at all times.
- A valid passport is needed to travel internationally.
- If you do not have one or if yours is expiring 6 months prior to your departure, you are not eligible to apply for an international immersion
- If you are not a citizen of the United States, please check with your consulate to assure that you will be allowed to travel to other countries and to get any documentation you may need.
Payment & Fundraising
- You are responsible for payment & fundraising towards the cost of the trip
- All deposits of $250 must be paid by October 12th
- A payment schedule will be given to you after acceptance
- Students must raise or pay their cost in full, in order to be able to go on the immersion. If you are unable to pay for your trip and do not fund raise enough money a hold will be placed on your college account until payment has been made.
We recognize that financial hardship could prohibit some students from applying and participating in the program. We have the opportunity to provide some need-based scholarships to reduce your obligations to the program. Please see MaryAnne Cappelleri in Campus Ministry for more information.
- Monday, September 17th: Applications Due
- Tuesday, September 18th: Notification of Interview Status
- Wednesday, September 19th – September 28th: Interviews
- Friday, October 5th: Decisions Sent
- Friday, October 12th: Return Acceptance from Applicants & Forms & Deposit of $250 Due
- Wednesday, October 17th: Participant Orientation from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
- Friday, February 8th: Group Fundraising Due for Spring Trips
- Friday, February 15th: Payments for Spring Trips are due in Full
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